Living in an energy economy is starkly obvious at the moment with gas and electricity prices soaring; with the potential for much more severe failing of the energy dependent, complex interdependent systems that form modern society. Logically, that could be understood by simple cause and effect of an energy dependent system that is not accessing enough, cheap, dense, surplus, energy to sustain its operations. As seems par for the course for the human brain; consequences hitting personally, are the means by which already prevalent crisis become conscious in public awareness. A rather sad reflection of the human species I will suggest.
The ABC this week has reported several stories related to the concurrent crisis’ of rising energy costs, uncertain electricity supply, climate change, concern of food shortages, rising inflation and rising interest rates, these are global phenomena not limited to Australia. What a mix! The ‘cost of living’ is increasing substantially, whilst the human induced climate crisis, an effect of a profligate energy use system and lifestyles, kicks down the door.
Here are some articles from other sources, that go where the ABC doesn’t, with some factual (and opinion) information amid them, that attempt to get closer to what the root cause of this energy crisis, rising inflation etc, might be. This energy crisis (and its effects) may not be a short term blip.
The severity of our current situation, and the probability of it worsening is, in my experience, not taken seriously; akin to not facing reality. Nevertheless, an understanding that cause and effect is reality allows the opportunity to learn and understand that continued denial of reality (whatever that may be) has compounding effects.
It is fascinating that the adage, we reap what we sow, is so widespread, and yet so little put into vital practice.